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steve berthiaume


Joined: Aug 21, 2011
Posts: 20
Location: USA MA TYNGSBOROUGH
how about this one?  it's all over the roadside here in Massachusetts...

thanks again!
-steve


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steve berthiaume


Joined: Aug 21, 2011
Posts: 20
Location: USA MA TYNGSBOROUGH
think i found it: common pokeweed, Phytolacca americana.  any advice as to whether it could fit in a forest garden?  i don't have it on my property, but it's all over the sides of the road up here.

apparently it's mostly poisonous, although it seems the berries can be used for pies/jams/juice once the seeds are removed...

thanks for looking,

-steve
steve berthiaume


Joined: Aug 21, 2011
Posts: 20
Location: USA MA TYNGSBOROUGH
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Poke Sallet A noble plant.
Poke Sallet has been a part of life in this neck of the woods since long before the white man set foot here. The natives used it for, among others things, one of the main ingreidents of thier love potions. Many a Cvil War soildier wrote letters to loved ones using ink made from "Poke Berries." In modern times much research around emerging cancer treatments center around the chemicals found in the Poke Weed plant. So the usefulnees of this noble plant continues into our day and beyond as no doubt new uses will be discovered for our beloved weed. Somethings are just hard to improve on.

also: now i remember that song, "polk salad annie" by tony joe white! (written in 1968 - my birth year)

-steve
                                                              


Joined: Sep 06, 2011
Posts: 24
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Thanks for the info!  I haven't noticed those around my way but I'll keep an eye out.  I'm about 15 miles west of Boston.


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Joined: May 24, 2011
Posts: 43
Location: Pennsylvania, Zone 5B
These are very easy to spot from a mile away because of their purple color. The only way I ever heard of eating them is to boil the spring shoots like 3 times with water changes.
Kl Willis


Joined: Oct 22, 2011
Posts: 6
The poke weed grows well around fig trees as well.
Lolly Knowles


Joined: Aug 22, 2011
Posts: 159
I have plenty of "poke" as well, both in town and at the rural property.  What sort of uses will make me glad it's there?  Are the poisonous effects harmful in "chop and drop"?
Josh T-Hansen


Joined: Jul 14, 2010
Posts: 143
Location: Zone 5 Brimfield, MA
    
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Lolly K wrote:I have plenty of "poke" as well, both in town and at the rural property.  What sort of uses will make me glad it's there?  Are the poisonous effects harmful in "chop and drop"?

The poison is not allelopathic, so chop away or just let be. Poison fomo diversity.


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John Sizemore


Joined: Mar 27, 2011
Posts: 96
Location: West Virginia/ Dominican Republic
Poke great pot herb. If you look for poke salad or poke greens for recipes it is very popular. When I bought my property I was going to plant some if I could not find it. Fortunately it was here. Martin Crawford featured it in one of his vides.
We only eat it in the spring when really young so we don’t do a water change but I have read about people eating it later and doing water changes. We like it so much we go looking for it along logging roads and power line right of ways that don’t get sprayed. I just don’t see the need to eat them later as their niches are one of the first available spring vegetables. They are really good boiled then scrambled with eggs and bacon for breakfast. Give a kid a rock, paint brush and poke berry juice and you will have great magical purple rocks and kids.
BTW they will thrive where other plants do not. I remember harvesting them as a child from coal spoil piles that were on smolder before the superfund paid to have the sites cleaned up.

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John Sizemore


Joined: Mar 27, 2011
Posts: 96
Location: West Virginia/ Dominican Republic
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